Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.
©2011 Mindy Kaling (P)2011 Random House
I think this audio book was well done by Mindy and I liked how the picture area was not edited out. Although I didn't buy the print edition, I enjoyed the book better with full disclosure.
I enjoyed the discussion on some less than flattering aspects of a young adult woman's experience in life. I can really relate to her point of view and humor.
Mindy's properly placed pauses and delivery matches the way my generation says certain quips.
This book did make me chuckle and laugh out loud. The inner thoughts are honest and, to me, relatable.
I typically enjoy fiction, but this was a nice break away from a twisting, action storyline and just to hear some points of someone's life.
Yes. Interesting story with lots of laugh out loud moments ( a little embarrassing when you guffaw in the subway at nothing).
Mindy Kaling is hilarious and she gets it. She's smart, funny, confident, and only obnoxious in the best way--and she knows it. She's real and easy to identify with which only makes all of her stories better and much more hilarious. Definitely recommend!
If you are familiar with Mindy's acting work the performance may seem a little lacking in the Mindy department but I assume that this was intentional on the part of the producers because normal Mindy talks much faster and with much more inflection and just might be hard to follow. If you're not familiar with Mindy's work, what is wrong with you? Buy this right now!
Just don't listen to this in public, people will think you are seriously deranged when you burst out laughing then you silently convulse and tear up because you're trying to contain your laughter.
Hilarious and relatable - I felt like Mindy was my best friend chatting with me during my travel time (when I listened to this book). I had a really terrible day yesterday and the first thing I wanted to do, was to put on this audiobook to help lift my spirits - and it totally did! It got me laughing which was exactly what I needed!
I love the stories Mindy Kaling had for the book, it was interesting to listen to her talk about her up bring, her friends and dealing with outgrowing those friendships. Her perseverance in getting into the entertainment business and breaking her own personal barriers are wonderful to hear about.
Her verbal expressions are by far best heard by her voice.
I was moved by the story of Mindy and her clique of friends and how she outgrow that friendship and built a stronger friendship with someone how will be a true friend.
The section where she talked about her highschool life. Very comparable to my own.
she executed greatly towards a me..a young, awkward, overthinking audience. Loved it!
All business but contemporary fun!
This was the worst book I have ever read. I bought it because I really enjoyed Tina Fey's book and thought it might be similar. Plus it had great reviews which I find really odd. She spoke about her favorite foods, her top 11 funniest movie moments that she likes, her top 10 unimportant anything you can imagine. Horrible.
Jane Fonda's autobiography.
Her high pitch voice was really bothering after a few minutes
YES, in fact I just started round two. Mindy's recollections and observations are real, witty, and fun -- nothing heavy or remarkably insightful, thank goodness. She mentioned at the end of her book that she purposely stayed away from hot button topics, which was an AWESOME approach. I love female comedians, and I will eagerly buy their memoirs if I'm fairly certain that their stuff isn't overly crude. Aside from crudeness, a big downer for me is political ranting -- Rachel Dratch went on for miles (during my commute) about how she could NOT believe that she was dating a Republican and how horrible that was. Tiresome. Next topic.
Female comedians are predictably self-deprecating, which is hilarious when it's done right. Mindy didn't really go this route, though -- she acknowledged her "flaws" ("overweight", superficial, kinda messy), shrugged, and offered some witty articulations about them. Perfect. Just like Ellen Degeneres, she's human and she's cool with it.
Mindy outlining her funeral for whomever takes charge of her funeral once she dies (specifically, whoever is closest to her at the time) was the most excellent part of the book. I laughed and laughed while I drove in to work on a cold, wet Monday morning. It was an excellent way to start a dreadful day.
Mindy, of course.
I really appreciated her Amy Poehler references.
I can relate to so much of Mindy's thinking; and I, too, was the chubby, brown girl at school. It was so fun to hear how Mindy pursued her acting and comedy writing dreams, put in the serious effort, and made her dreams a reality. Obviously this book is not for EVERYONE, but it was perfect for me. I loved it. Bravo Mindy!
Going into this audiobook, I knew next to nothing about Mindy Kaling. However, over the past couple of years I've heard a lot of people bragging on this book and how funny it was and how much they enjoyed it. And they were right. She is hilarious. She's also super normal. I felt like we would be friends if we knew each other. I also felt like there were parts of the books that would have been funnier if I knew something about Mindy Kaling or about comedy in general. I don't watch SNL or The Office or comedy shows or movies. I did laugh. I found myself agreeing with her and thinking that this girl knows what being a normal girl is all about.
"Wonderful easy listen- like listening to a friend"
Hearing about Mindy's childhood and her early career.
I haven't listened to any of her other performances, but I have to say that I love her voice. It's very friendly, happy and so distinctive that I can still hear her narration, even after finishing the book.
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